"Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done." ~ Frederick Douglass
The Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership exists across 14 campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, supporting the education and development of more than 110,000 students across the Commonwealth. Guided by the spirit and legacy of distinguished orator and statesman Frederick Douglass, the Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education seeks to create and nurture academic communities that will support the growth, development, and success of all students and faculty members in the System. It promotes academic excellence, civic engagement, and the understanding and appreciation of human diversity.
Please take a moment to visit our current Showcase Campus Kutztown University. They have brought a national exhibit on the Negro Baseball League to campus this semester, including a visit from former New York Black Yankees pitcher Bob Scott. To view the events, please click here.
To learn more about what the Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership has been involved in recently, please visit our Recent News section.
The Douglass Scholars fellowship is a professional mentorship program for graduate students entering the final year of doctoral programs and other terminal degrees and preparing to be college teachers. The list of participating universities, instructions and application for the Summer 2013-May 2014 Scholars Fellowship are now available for downloading. The priority review deadline is January 11, 2013.
Douglass Collaborative Support for Undergraduate Research
For undergraduate researchers who are preparing to pursue the Ph.D. after graduation, the Collaborative provides an exceptional opportunity. Consider applying to the Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) through your university’s FDI.
Now in its 4th year, the Douglass Partnership continues to refine its study/service abroad experiences in the African nations of Ghana and Cameroon. Students from across the System participate in the 4-6 week summer curricular opportunity.
Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity
Making Connections is the interdisciplinary journal of the Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership. Produced twice a year, the journal publishes essays that explore cultural diversity form any discipline, as well as poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Douglass Debate Society
With the great nineteenth century public intellectual and orator Frederick Douglass as our inspiration and model, The Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership is establishing the Douglass Debate Society.
Frederick Douglass Living-Learning Communities
Douglass living-learning communities exist at various universities in the State System. Primarily a residual experience for undergraduate students, these living-learning communities emphasize the introduction of students to the life and writings of Douglass and the development of effective civic engagement and global citizenship skills.
Douglass Institutes across the System have a number of programs designed to support rich intellectual inquiry and exchange in their communities.
Ghana Interdisciplinary Conference: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Global Educational Community
The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative of the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education is seeking paper submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on diversity and multiculturalism in the global community.